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Remembering Tom Idowu
We recently lost a wonderful member of our team at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Toluwani “Tom” Idowu was a 22-year-old senior at FSU. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and professors; it is difficult to process the loss. Tom worked with us as a learning assistant and a student consultant while double-majoring in creative writing and psychology. He was brilliant and thoughtful and devoted to his family. He dreamed of studying abroad. We remember that he was particularly enthusiastic about a poetry course he was taking, visiting us in each of our offices to share his delight when his peers had enjoyed reading his poetry. Some faculty may remember him from the student panel at New Faculty Orientation in 2018, where he spoke movingly about courses that had unlocked mysteries for him. He was very invested in documentary filmmaking, brimming with ideas for capturing the human experience, especially in the ways it is shaped by race and economic status. We will miss him very much.
FSU has awarded Tom a memorial degree.
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